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Ten UK Premieres Usher In A Knock-Out FrightFest Glasgow Programme
By James W, Thursday 17th January 2013
From Friday February 24th to Saturday February 25th, the UK's favourite horror fantasy festival returns to its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival for the 8th year with an impressive slate of the hottest new horror films, plus a hit Norwegian TV series.
Some of the genre's biggest hitters take centre-stage this year, with UK premieres for Eli Roth's re-calibrated disaster movie, Aftershock, Neil Jordon's surreal vampire myth, Byzantium and Rob Zombie's darkest horror yet, The Lords Of Salem (pictured). Plus the mother of all anthology movies The ABC's Of Death, receives its first showing in the UK and there's the chance to sample red-hot Chilean grindhouse in Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman. Then there is the creepiest found-footage feature of them all - The Bay, the best US documentary of the season American Dream and the Scottish-based Sawney: Flesh Of Man, which was a surprise hit at the August FrightFest event. Also, there are UK premieres for zombie splatter-fest Detention Of The Dead and the newly restored edition of Mario Bava's classic horror anthology Black Sabbath.
Finally, FrightFest is proud to present Norwegian TV sensation, Hellfjord, in which seven of Norway's finest directors team up for writer/producer Tommy (Dead Snow). Wirkola's Nordic Noir fusion of Hot Fuzz and Twin Peaks. All seven episodes will be screened as supporting features to the main FrightFest line-up with the last two parts showing as a stand-alone event.
This year's guest line-up is headed by the Guru of Gore himself, Eli Roth, making his first ever appearance in Scotland. Eli is taking time off from finishing his latest directorial assignment The Green Inferno to present the UK premiere of Aftershock, which he produced, co-wrote and headlines as leading actor. And he'll be bringing with him director Nicolas Lopez and his co-star Lorenza Izzo.
Film4 FrightFest also welcomes the legendary director Neil Jordon, who will be presenting the UK premiere of his latest film Byzantium. He will be accompanied by two of his leading cast members Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan. Also attending, to introduce the UK premiere of The ABC’s Of Death, are directors Simon Rumley, Lee Hardcastle and Jake West, plus Jake’s 'S is for Speed' star Lucy Clements. And to help us celebrate out unique presentation of Hellfjord we have director Patrik Syversen (Manhunt) and stars Stig Frode Henriksen and Zahid Ali in attendance.
Finally, to celebrate the first Scottish showing of Sawney: Flesh Of Man, director Ricky Wood, writer Richard Wood and stars David Hayman and Gavin Mitchell will be in the house to celebrate their gory serial killer thriller.
Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director says, "Film4 FrightFest is thrilled to be part of Glasgow Film Festival for its eighth straight year, defining horror fantasy for our lovely neighbours north of the border. 2013 sees Team FrightFest building on the massive support our Scottish fans have consistently given us to make this shock-around-the-clock event the must-see brightest and best ever. And our 2013 edition is no exception to that heady mix of mirth, menace, monsters and mayhem that has now come to characterize the exhilarating and exciting Film4 FrightFest Glasgow experience".
With surprises on screen and off, and the festival's unique community feeling, FrightFest at the GFF has now become a must-attend occasion on the horror fantasy fan's calendar.
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